I hosted a Christmas shindig for our serve team at church this past Sunday and whipped up a batch of these delicious homemade marshmallows to serve with hot cocoa. They were a hit!
I hadn’t planned to share the recipe because getting ready for the party was pretty exhausting…the last thing on my mind was to blog about it, even though I totally wish I had more pictures to share with y’all now. Shoot…
Anyhow, I just have to share because while these marshmallows are totally a labor of labor of love, they’re the most wonderful and special treat. I have a beloved vintage hand mixer I inherited from a great aunt that is my trusty sidekick in all my baking endeavors and I must say, mixing the sugar by hand is by far the most difficult task.
If you have a standing mixer, you’ll find that these homemade marshmallows are actually a breeze to make.
If you’ve never had homemade marshmallows, the store bought ones really don’t compare. Sure, they’re straight sugar but they’re fluffy and delicious…and it’s the holidays so who cares!
I loved seeing the smiling faces of friends at the party on Sunday. They were so tickled to find that the marshmallows were homemade. Someone even exclaimed, “You really love us!” and it’s true, I do.
I love my church family and I’m convicted to live a life of servitude, like Jesus. Their commitment to serve our church every Sunday is a selfless act that inspires me and points me more towards Jesus. Without them…their dynamic spirits, their warm, welcoming hugs…church would just be a building.
- 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/3 cups light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Grease a shallow baking dish and set aside.
Soften the gelatin in 3/4 cups of water using an electric mixer and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
In medium size saucepan, mix remaining water, granulated sugar, powdered sugar, corn syrup and salt. Then bring to a boil on high heat.
Cook until the mixture registers 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Remove from stove and carefully pour mixture into mixing bowl with gelatin.
Beat for 15 minutes until fluffy and thick. Then add vanilla.
Transfer to greased baking dish and let sit for 8 hours uncovered and at room temperature.
Once solidified, cut into desired shape. Pour powdered sugar on surface and coat the marshmallows so they aren't sticky.